Bridge Authorization-Mild/Moderate Education Specialist

1-3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Bridge Authorization Participants Only 

This professional development is for the Mild to Moderate Supports Needs. The Bridge Authorization is designed to meet the requirements for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s updated requirements associated with the new credential titled Mild to Moderate Support Needs. Through the bridge program,
special educators will be authorized to serve a wider range of students and disabilities.


Course Details

Number of Units: Units provided are graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours. The unit values vary by district. Check your district's section for the unit value offered.

Who Should Attend: Beginning teachers enrolled in induction programs with their district and/or consortium.

Note: See each section for details, as they vary by district.

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What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate the ability to support the movement, mobility, sensory and specialized health care needs required for students to participate fully in classrooms, schools and the community. Organize a safe environment for all students that include barrier free space for independent mobility, adequate storage and operation of medical equipment (as appropriate) and other mobility and sensory accommodations
  • Demonstrate the ability to address functional limitations of movement and/or sensation for students with orthopedic impairments who may have a co-existing health impairment and/or intellectual disability but have difficulty accessing their education due to physical limitations
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to understand and address the needs of the peers and family members of students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury as they transition to school and present with a change in function
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of atypical development associated with various disabilities and risk conditions (e.g. orthopedic impairment, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy), as well as resilience and protective factors (e.g. attachment, temperament), and their implications for learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge of core challenges associated with the neurology of open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments and adjust teaching strategies based upon the unique profile of students who present with physical/medical access issues or who retain a general fund of knowledge, but demonstrate difficulty acquiring and retaining new information due to poor memory processing, as well as neuro behavioral issues
  • Each candidate utilizes assessment data to:

1) identify effective intervention and support techniques

2) develop needed augmentative and alternative systems

3) implement instruction of communication and social skills

4) create and facilitate opportunities for interaction

5) develop communication methods to demonstrate student academic knowledge

6) address the unique learning, sensory and access needs of students with physical/orthopedic disabilities, other health impairments, and multiple disabilities

  • Possess the knowledge that the diminishment or loss of previous abilities (learning, social, physical) may have significant, long-term effects on the self-concept and emotional well-being of the student who acquires a traumatic brain injury as well as on their family members, requiring the provision of appropriate supports and services to address these issues. 


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.